Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago: An Oasis of Calm in Downtown


You may have noticed the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago on previous visits to the city without ever even realizing what you were looking at. The modern building was constructed to mimic the ripples of undulating waves, standing tall between the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago and the watery expanse of Lake Michigan. Tourists and businesspeople know it as one of the top-rated hotels in all of the Windy City.

Downtown Chicago is exciting and architecturally inspiring, and filled with hundreds of restaurants, shops, parks, and entertainment centers. But it’s also fast-paced and crowded, which is why you need the perfect accommodation to act as your oasis. The Blu Aqua Hotel can do just that.

As the first Radisson Blu in the U.S.—the brand is more upscale than a traditional Radisson—the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is located in one of the Windy City’s newest and most famous buildings, the Aqua Tower. Famous for its sleek modernist design, the curved balconies gives the entire building a nautical feel.

Upon entering the upscale high rise set off from the central Loop, the chic and stylish hotel feels at once fashionable and welcoming. Rustic brick walls in the lobby contrast with a glowing light display behind the lobby’s elegant velvet-backed chairs and low tables. With a low but pulsating hum of club music in the background, the lounge and restaurant area effortlessly conforms itself to a high-stakes business meeting as easily it does to a romantic date with your main squeeze. Need to chill out even more? Relax in the hotel’s outdoor pool area, at the surrounding six-acre Lake Shore East Park, or in the building’s Zen Garden.

Head up to the guest rooms, where the stunning views of the city and Lake Michigan complement the soothingly decorated chambers. Depending on your style of travel, you can stay in the guest room that best fits you. Want to watch a romantic sunset over Lake Michigan with your sweetie? Ask for a room up high facing southeast. Need to invite business colleagues up for a work meeting? Request one of Radisson Blu Aqua’s business suites, with a separate area for working. With complementary Wi-Fi in all the rooms, you’ll be able to get all of your work done in time for a night out on the town.

Set just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, this eighty-two story skyscraper feels like home. That’s possibly because it is home for hundreds of Chicagoans: the Radisson Blu might occupy the first eighteen floors, but the next sixty-five house luxury apartments and one of the most desired condominium complexes in the city. Those in the know want to live here partly because of its proximity to Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, the Loop, and Navy Pier. Plus, how about a nearby full-service grocery store, a top-notch gym, and even a pool with its very own swimming instructor? There’s also the appeal of dining on a plate of fresh pasta in truffle cream at the on-site Italian restaurant, Filini.

What the Radisson Blu is most famous for at its locations in Europe, Africa, and now Chicago is its excellent service. Want a reservation at the best Chicago Polish restaurant in town? Need a good jogging route? Just ask. The staff are happy to help you, whether you’re navigating the city for the first time or are a native looking for a hidden gem.

Conveniently located close to plenty of dining and entertainment options, as well as some classic Chicago pastimes, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the perfect place to indulge in the Windy City.

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

221 North Columbus Drive Chicago IL 60601

(312) 565-5258

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